Over The River: Book and DVD Collection

Before the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s and before the names of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks were uttered as harbingers of social justice, came the first civil rights movement in America—the abolitionists of the 1800s. Many used literature, petitions, and lyceum speaking to forge change, but there was one who stood out in her time that helped alter America’s course. The author, Lydia Maria Child, known by thousands during the 19th century, as the “First Woman in the Republic,” was a strong advocate for abolishing slavery. A friend and loyalist to African Americans, Child’s literature made her a household name in thousands of white and black homes during the tumultuous times in America.

Her many books are housed in museums and libraries, and some of her works are still published today for lay readers, scholars, and researchers studying the impact she made on Americans, including her writings on women suffrage. Child and the abolitionist cause was the reason the Civil War happened.

The DVD and book explores this amazing woman and the abolitionist soldiers, such as David Walker, James Forten, William Lloyd Garrison, Abby Kelley, Frederick Douglass, the Grimke sisters, and many others. The documentary film is a must buy for schools, museums, universities, local libraries, and home libraries. This a fascinating story about how young and old, en masse, rallied for social change for all Americans—to free themselves and black Americans from the chains of indignity.

The film could not have been made without libraries, museums, and historical societies archival collections.

Special Thanks to: Clive Pyne Book Indexing Service



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Constance L. Jackson, MPH, President/CEO is the writer, director and producer of all the films in Permanent Production's collection. Ms. Jackson earned a Master's degree in Public Health, specializing in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Ms. Jackson also has a Bachelor's degree in Speech Communication. The documentary films produced by Permanent Productions present cutting-edge issues that delve deeply into the underlying factors that make up the nuances of an individual and a country. She has the ability to tap into the essence of many unspoken issues immersing viewers into the story, allowing them to think and talk about their own behavior and experiences.